The Resource Redcoats and petticoats, by Katherine Kirkpatrick ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Redcoats and petticoats, by Katherine Kirkpatrick ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Label
Redcoats and petticoats
Title
Redcoats and petticoats
Statement of responsibility
by Katherine Kirkpatrick ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
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Contributor
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island are displaced by the Redcoats and serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington
Review
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 3-5. First, British soldiers arrested his father as a traitor, then the Redcoats took over the house. Soon after, 13-year-old Thomas Strong recalls, his mother moved the family to a small waterfront cottage and commenced such odd activities as hanging petticoats daily on the clothesline and sending Thomas rowing long distances in search of a whaleboat. So it was, unbeknownst to him, that young Thomas Strong participated in a spy ring during the Revolutionary War. Nancy Strong's petticoats were a vital link in a spy chain that conveyed secret messages to General George Washington in Connecticut. Through Thomas' first-person account, readers sense the humiliation suffered and the danger survived by the youth. Himler's dramatic watercolors will engage readers, drawing them further into the story's intrigue. Historical notes on the Strong family and its role in the Revolution, together with maps of the Long Island site of the action, complete this alluring glimpse at a fascinating episode in America's past. ((Reviewed March 1, 1999)) -- Ellen Mandel
  • Gr 3-6-It is 1778 and the Revolution has come to Setauket, Long Island. Thomas Strong, son of a loyal Patriot who has been imprisoned by the Tories, tells how he is sent to search for a neighbor's whaleboat and report the location to his mother. Unknown to him, Thomas's mother then hangs specific petticoats or handkerchiefs on the clothesline as a code to pass on the information to the Patriots across the Long Island Sound. It is only when the war is over and he meets General Washington that Thomas realizes just what part his family played in the Setauket Spy Ring. Historical picture books can bring the past alive in a simple and appealing manner, but when the history gets in the way of the story, or vice versa, problems occur. This book falls short on both accounts. There is not enough historical information to make the story clear and not enough story to personalize the facts. Only after carefully studying the map and historical notes at the end of the book does the plot become understandable. The text is just not cohesive and there are many "whys?" within the pages of this valiant but flawed effort. Himler's illustrations are a real plus. They help to clarify difficult passages and his pastel watercolors give a soft, personal touch to each event. For supplemental material, especially in New York State history classes, this might be helpful when thoroughly and properly introduced.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
  • Basing the book on true incidents and real people of the Revolutionary War, Kirkpatrick (Trouble's Daughter, 1998, etc.) recreates the actions of a Patriot spies begun by Robert Townsend and assisted by strong-willed, cool-headed Nancy Strong in the little town of Setauket, New York; Nancy used her clothesline and petticoats to signal the location, spotted by her son, of a whaleboat that would transport a vital letter about British battle plans directly to General George Washington. The complete spy ring route, which carried crucial information from British-occupied New York City to Patriot-held Connecticut, is depicted in a colorful map at the conclusion of the book; the detailed historical notes that follow will intrigue those interested in learning about the strong men and women who were instrumental in changing the nation's history. Himler's splendid watercolor paintings illustrate the danger involved in trying to foil the Loyalists and the daily threat of exposure that was faced by the Setauket spies. (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 1999)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
083346
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kirkpatrick, Katherine
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Rl Grades 3-4
  • 610L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
3.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Himler, Ronald
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Strong family
  • New York (State)
  • United States
  • Setauket (N.Y.)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Redcoats and petticoats, by Katherine Kirkpatrick ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes biblliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780823414161
Lccn
98015450
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, color maps
Label
Redcoats and petticoats, by Katherine Kirkpatrick ; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes biblliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780823414161
Lccn
98015450
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, color maps

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